Born in Mount Morris, NY in 1855, Pledge of Allegiance author Francis Bellamy might have “looked down” on us and enjoyed the honor that a stamp cancellation occurred on his May 18th birthday in 2005.
There is no U.S. Postal Service Francis Bellamy stamp that can be used in an official mailing, so a committee of Mount Morris residents devised its own version of a pictorial, hand-stamped cancellation.
Committee Chair Joe Christiano, co-chair Bob Priviterra, and postmaster Gary Passamonte made arrangements for the “birthday party” at the post office and the sale of the postmarked envelope.
The envelope, with its one-time stamp cancellation, is a collector’s item. It sold for $2 and the proceeds were donated to the Mount Morris Historical Society at Mills Mansion.
Cash donations to the event were made by the local Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, while high school art teacher Chris Spicciati coordinated a poster contest with the elementary school children.
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